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Are there any states that grandfather an LVN with 15 years experience to a RN, or a state that allows us to challenge the RN exam?

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Question:

Are there any states that grandfather an LVN with 15 years experience to a RN, or a state that allows us to challenge the RN exam?

Answer:

Dear Rhonda,



I am quite sure there are no states that either grandfather in LVN/LPNs or allow them to challenge the RN exam. Every state, to the best of my knowledge, requires that in order to be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam, one must be a graduate of an accredited RN school. The difference between LVN/LPNs and RNs in not simply experience, especially since some LPNs have more experience than newer RNs. There are education, theory, and practice components as well.



I will tell you that there are special RN programs designed for LPNs. I would suggest you look into those in your area. Check with your http://www.ncsbn.org/regulation/boardsofnursing_boards_of_nursing_board.asp target="_top" onmouseover="window.status='Nursing Spectrum- Career Fitness Online'; return true">state board of nursing and/or your http://www.ana.org/cmas/cmaaddr.cfm target="_top" onmouseover="window.status='Nursing Spectrum- Career Fitness Online'; return true">state nurses association to find these programs.



My best wishes,



Donna